If you install solar panels on your home, you are going to need a way to store the energy they produce. There are also energy storage solutions that you will want to consider for solar water heaters. The following energy storage solutions are some of the options you will want to consider for your solar installation:
Deciding On the Capacity of Your Battery Bank
The capacity of your solar energy storage is one of the first aspects to consider. You want to calculate the production of panels and the electricity needs of your home. The battery bank needs to have enough capacity to power your home through night hours and days with fewer hours of sunlight. If your panels produce more energy than what your home needs, the excess electricity can be sold once the batteries have been charged.
Controllers to Prevent Overcharging Your Battery Bank
If your panels produce more energy than what the battery bank can store, you are going to need charge controllers. These are special controllers that are installed to prevent the batteries from being overcharged. In addition to preventing problems with overcharging the battery bank, controllers also have integrated solutions to monitor the performance of your system. Some more modern modular batteries are designed with integrated controllers that prevent problems and monitor the system in real-time. The battery modules are also easier to maintain and change whenever there is a problem.
Switches for Grid-tied Systems to Connect to the Grid
If you plan on selling energy to the grid or using the grid when panels do not produce energy, you are going to need a switch. The switch will allow the system to be connected to the grid when it does not produce enough electricity. The switch is also used to sell excess energy when your batteries are fully charged.
Thermal Storage Solutions for the Needs of Solar Water Heaters
In addition to the battery banks that store electricity, you may need solutions to store solar water heaters' thermal energy. Thermal storage tanks are insulated to prevent heat loss and store hot water until it is used by household plumbing or a heating system. The thermal water storage unit can improve the performance and benefits of installing a solar water heater for your home.
The right energy storage solutions will help you store energy produced by your solar installations. Contact an energy storage installation service for more information.